Australia builds coaching capacity in Brunei

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Netball Australia has continued its international development support in Brunei with a series of coach education sessions aimed to build and support the country’s capacity to deliver junior participation pathways through the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 legacy program.

Invited by the Australian High Commission in Brunei, Netball Australia has worked closely with the Brunei Netball Association (BNA) to establish a participation program based on the successful ANZ NetSetGO junior program in Australia.

“The visit provided the opportunity for us to share our expertise with local coaches to build their capacity to deliver programs that encourage increased participation of girls in the sport and healthy and active lifestyles for school children in Brunei,” Netball Australia’s International Development Manager Olivia Philpott said.

“We’re grateful for the opportunity through the Australian High Commission Brunei Darussalam to continue sharing our passion and knowledge for netball to grow the sport in the neighbouring region.”

IMG_4161The training will provide local coaches with the confidence and knowledge to run junior netball programs that promote belonging, co-operation, achievement, friendship, respect, fair play and responsibility.”

The 22 Physical Educators and netball coaches have been up skilled to be able to provide primary school children with the best possible learning environment and a positive introduction to netball, ensuring enjoyment and continued participation within the sport.

Led by Australian coach educator Deb Armstrong, the training has included inclusive netball coaching practices, understanding junior player development and providing positive feedback to safely teach basic skills to continue to deliver six-week school programs.

“The Australian High Commission is very excited to be supporting netball in Brunei and I am struck by the high level of enthusiasm for the sport here,” Australian High Commissioner, H.E. Todd Mercer said.

“The students, coaches and teachers all had a good time today [at the Gala Day] and I’m very pleased that Australia is contributing to the development of Brunei’s next generation of netball talent.”

The week will culminate with a Gala Day mass participation event, held in conjunction with the Brunei Ministry of Education, Australian High Commission and Brunei Netball Association, to promote participation in physical activity this weekend.

Netball Australia and the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 is committed to leading a more vibrant and engaged Asian region by building local capacity, both at junior and national level, to deliver ongoing quality and sustainable participation pathways.